The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international survey of reading achievement of fourth grade students (equivalent to Year 5 in Malta). The international population for PIRLS consists of students in the grade that represents four years of schooling, provided that the mean age at the time of testing is at least 9.5 years. PIRLS is designed to measure children’s reading literacy achievement, to provide a baseline for future studies of trends in achievement, and to gather information about children’s home and school experiences in learning to read. The PIRLS study is conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).
Maltese students have now participated in three PIRLS cycles: in 2011, 2016 and 2021. While in 2011 students were assessed for their literacy proficiency in both English and Maltese, in 2016 they were assessed only for their reading proficiency in Maltese. In 2021, the test was available in both languages.


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